Category: Writing

Dec 10

Indie Publishing: Best software for creating eBooks

Question: What Windows application can I use to create beautifully looking e-books, withe possibility to export in both PDF and Kindle? Answer: There are a few options. But first: PDF isn’t an ebook format. Please don’t make the mistake that others have by trying to sell a PDF file. If you want to create an …

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Oct 17

Kindle Scout has officially rolled out!

Kindle Scout is a “reader powered” publishing program offered by Amazon where authors can submit their new never-been-published books and be considered for a publishing contract by Kindle Press. Books that make the cut will be published by Kindle Press.  They’ll receive a publishing contract with 5-year (renewable) terms, a $1,500 advance, 50% eBook royalty …

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Jul 27

Question: Should I submit to a publisher or only publish on Kindle?

Question: Should I submit to a publisher or only publish on Kindle? Really crappy answer #1: If you can get published via publisher, it is always better. The reason is that, 1) you automatically get support for editing your book from publishing house, 2) most importantly you became “validated” author as, most times self-published Kindle …

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Jul 21

Question: What are some tips that can help me successfully publish a book through a major publishing house?

Question: What are some tips that can help me successfully publish a book through a major publishing house? Answer: Well, to start with: you don’t publish. You write. Once you’re done writing, you write query letters to agents to attract one. The agent will get your book to a publisher. The publisher will get your …

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Jul 20

Question: Can an amateur author make their book available online for download to the Kindle and the Nook?

Question: Can an amateur author make their book available online for download to the Kindle and the Nook? Basically is there any way to digitally self publish? Answer: Well, of COURSE there is. But why would you limit yourself to Amazon and B&N? The Holy Trinity of Self-Publishing is: Kindle Direct Publishing Smashwords Createspace

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Jul 08

Question: Why doesn’t self-publishing work?

Answer: Well, your question starts off with an incorrect assumption. Self publishing does work.  It’s worked for hundreds and hundreds of years.  Poor Richard’s Almanack was certainly a success – it was printed starting in 1732.  William Blake was very successful self-publishing his work starting in 1783.  Jane Austen was pretty successful – although, to be …

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Jun 10

Burying the Hachette

Keith Cronin posted a great article about the ongoing Amazon/Hachette nonsense over at Writer Unboxed.  Personally, I firmly feel that Hachette is doing all of their authors a HUGE disservice by continuing this idiotic business war, and I feel that it’s making them look bad.  My favorite observation from this article: “This is something that …

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